World News – US – Clare Bronfman faces judge on conviction for NXIVM crimes

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Clare Bronfman, center, leaves Federal Court with her lawyer Susan Necheles, left, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in the Brooklyn borough of New York (AP Photo / Mary Altaffer)

Seagram’s heiress Clare Bronfman arrives at Brooklyn Federal District Court on April 19, 2019 She pleaded guilty to two felonies: conspiracy to cover up and harbor illegal aliens for financial gain and use fraudulent identity document (Jefferson Siegel / New York Times)

This photo of Clare Bronfman was presented as evidence in the federal trial of Keith Raniere (US Department of Justice)

NEW YORK – Seagrams’ heiress to fortune, Clare Bronfman, will be sentenced in a Brooklyn federal courtroom on Wednesday for her crimes in NXIVM, but not before several victims are expected to reveal their painful experiences with the well-heeled support of the cult of Keith Raniere similar organization

A number of former NXIVM members are expected to turn over victim impact statements to Senior US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who has a wide range of options when sentencing the girl the late 41-year-old Seagrams magnate Edgar Bronfman

Bronfman, who has homes in Clifton Park and Manhattan, faces 21-27 months in jail under sentencing guidelines for his plea of ​​conspiracy to cover up and harbor strangers illegal for financial purposes, and fraudulent use of identity documents

Garaufis is considering an « above » sanction, which means he could impose more jail time on Bronfman His recently hired lawyers, Ronald S Sullivan Jr and Duncan Levin, have requested three years of probation Federal prosecutors in the East District of Brooklyn have asked for a five-year prison sentence

Prosecutors said Bronfman, who was at NXIVM alongside his older sister, Sara Bronfman-Igtet, used her wealth to recruit immigrants – usually women – to groups linked to NXIVM under the idea that ‘they would get a scholarship or work But instead Bronfman got a workforce of recruits desperate to make a living who depended on her and NXIVM to stay in the country

Prosecutors said Bronfman helped Raniere target suspected enemies of the company, including members of the organization who had defected

« I’m afraid Clare’s bullying is not over, » Barbara Bouchey, a former high-ranking member of NXIVM, who said Bronfman sued her, threatening civil and criminal proceedings after Bouchey left in 2009 from NXIVM, a so-called Colony-based aid group

Another former high-ranking member of NXIVM, Ivy Nevares, wrote on her blog on Monday about her experience with the organization for over two decades – and now she has finally realized what she has joined

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“Realizing that I was in a cult was humiliating, but the worst part was realizing that the people I trusted in my life had betrayed me in the most sinister ways,” Nevares said. irony is second to none: I joined NXIVM to work on my trust issues, but their betrayal almost eroded my trust in humanity »

Raniere, 60, a longtime resident of Halfmoon known to NXIVM as « Vanguard, » was convicted last year on all counts, including sex trafficking, conspiracy to forced and racketeering labor including underlying acts including exploitation and possession of children of child pornography, identity theft, extortion, fraud and other crimes He faces the possibility of life imprisonment upon conviction on Oct 27

Bronfman, longtime NXIVM chief operating officer, was indicted in July 2018 in a substitute indictment that also named Raniere, actress Allison Mack, a high-ranking member of NXIVM who attended the « Smallville » television show; NXIVM President Nancy Salzman; Lauren Salzman, daughter of Salzman and senior member of NXIVM, and Kathy Russell, accountant of NXIVM

All the women were, at one point, sexually involved with Raniere The elder Salzman, known in NXIVM as “Prefect”, later pleaded guilty in 2019 to racketeering conspiracy His daughter pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering and became a star witness for prosecutors in the trial Mack also pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy Russell pleaded guilty to visa fraud Not all have been convicted yet

Bronfman’s attorney Duncan Levin told the judge on Monday that she was facing « potentially serious liver disease » and that she was planning « follow-up medical visits, and we wanted the court to be aware of this situation

Levin added, « We also believe this puts Clare at increased health risk, given the state of the pandemic in the New York area. »

Robert Gavin covers state and federal courts, criminal justice matters and legal matters for The Times Union Contact him at rgavin @ timesunioncom or (518) 434-2403

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World News – United States – Clare Bronfman faces judge for conviction in crimes of NXIVM


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